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Sea to Sky Gondola ramps up security as repairs continue

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 at 11:53 am PDT

Workers install the replacement haul rope after its arrival from Europe in October of 2019. (Source: Facebook/Sea to Sky Gondola)

The Sea to Sky Gondola is installing new security measures ahead of its spring re-opening

The new security measures on the Sea to Sky Gondola come after the haul rope was cut this summer

SQUAMISH (NEWS 1130) – Sea to Sky Gondola staff are doing everything they can to avoid being the target of criminals again.

The popular tourist attraction is ramping up security as it replaces a cable and 30 gondola cars that were sabotaged almost three months ago.

The line was deliberately cut in August, sending the gondolas tumbling down. Who did it, and why, is still a mystery.

RELATED: Haul rope for Sea to Sky Gondola arrives from Switzerland

Sea to Sky Gondola General Manager Kirby Brown says they have added additional security measures in the months since, and are rolling out more in the weeks to come, as a new cable is installed and the gondolas arrive from Europe.

Brown says that includes both preventative measures and detection measures.

“I’d rather not comment specifically in this case, but we definitely have added the things common sense [brings] to mind – detection systems, deterrents, lights, camera, action, that kind of stuff is all out there now.”

He says many ski resorts and gondola operators in Western Canada have also beefed up security since the incident.

The lift is expected to reopen in the spring of next year.